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Symphytum officinale



Widely cultivated for centuries as a medicinal herb, mainly used as a poultice for healing external wounds. It  is also an important crop for organic gardens. It can be cut and used as a mulch, made into compost tea, you can bury the leaves with other plants to act as instant compost or add it to your compost pile as an activator, helping heat it up plus it adds nitrogen. It has all the essential nutrients for plant growth. A large plant with deep green fuzzy type leaves and nodding purple flowers. Grows to 36-40”. 

20 seeds


Comfrey (Organic)



Perennial, zone 4-8

Germination: 10-21 days

Seed Planting Depth: 1/4" deep   

Starting Indoors/Outdoors:  Comfrey seeds need to be cold treated, also known as stratification for optimum germination. Sow seed in a moisten soil-less growing medium, enclose in plastic bag or small container then place in refrigerator for a 20-60 days. Place in a warm area for germination, providing soil temperatures of 68-80 degrees F.  Transplant outside anytime after the last frost, 2-3 apart. Sow outdoors after cold treating and when the soil is at least 68-70 degrees F.

Light Needs:  Sun to some shade

Soil Needs:  Average, well drained

Uses: Medicinal, ornamental, attracts bees and beneficals

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Alexis A.
United States
Great plants from seed

Superior seeds. Great survival rate and are now huge in the garden after starting inside for a few weeks and transplanting outside in June (5b). Definitely will use PineTree more in the future!

Mary H.
United States United States
Really Chuffed (Happy)

Got the seeds right away, and the instructions to insure good germination I think was key. The comphrey seeds germinated and the plants are growing nicely. Looking forward to using them in the future and learning more about their growing habits.

Teena D.
United States United States

The plants did not do a great job of germinating. I only got a little bit out of a whole Package

Pinetree Garden Seeds

Hi Teena, I am sorry for the poor germination, we do have a 90 day guarantee on the germination of our seeds. Unfortunately we are sold out of Comfrey, I can refund your account for the packet. Please let me know. Thank you for your patience. Deby

Marcia G.
United States United States
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Great. They were very helpful

Carol M.
United States United States
Satisfaction with Seeds

New plants are strong and resistant to heat and mild drought.